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In a few weeks, it will be Mother’s Day! I have a wonderful art project on how to make a lovely cherry blossom tree. This is a great project, because it requires various tasks, which helps children practice different skills. This art project will make an awesome gift for your Mom, a loved one, a friend, and don’t forget teachers!! I assure you that they will LOVE IT!!
CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE
Materials: Glue stick, colored paper (blues and greens), white paper as the background, black bristol board as a frame, red, white, and brown paints, and paint brushes.
STEP 1. Read a book that will inspire children to make cherry blossoms. Discuss where they can be found, and how they are grown. For young children, I read a book titled, “The Fuchsia is Now.” The book has beautiful colors and is a great way to introduce how to mix tints of fuchsia.
STEP 2. Make a sketch of a cherry blossom tree. This is a great way for children to brainstorm and to use their imagination freely. Keep track of their drawings every month, and you will see amazing progress. The drawings may be more detailed. Your child may use more colors, and may also pay more attention to filling in a space with one color.
STEP 3. Glue on white paper onto a black bristol board as a frame. This is optional of course. I chose to use glossy paper or finger paint paper as a background so children could learn about working with different surfaces. They will realize that glue glides much more easily onto a glossy surface.
STEP 4. Cut out trees and branches for younger children. Just cut it out freely like making a letter Y as the trunk. Older children are capable of cutting out their own. Paint the trees and branches brown (or whatever color your child wish) before proceeding with step 5. Place the painted pieces aside to dry.
STEP 5. Mosaic time! Glue cut out tiles onto the sky and grass. It is easier to apply glue onto the surface of the paper before placing each tile individually on top of the glued surface. This will prevent fingers from getting TOOOO sticky, and also less frustrating then rubbing glue onto each tile. Feel free to cover the entire background, especially for older kids. TIP: Use a purple glue stick for very young children. This help them locate the sticky surface. Use an egg carton to store the tiles. Use different types of papers (recycle magazines, newspapers, construction paper…). Cut the tiles larger for younger children.
STEP 6. Glue on painted trees and branches onto your mosaic.
STEP 7. Paint cherry blossoms! Take a brush and dip into red paint. Dab the brush onto the tree and sky, and make little foot prints. Now dip the same brush into white paint, and dab over all of the red foot prints. This is just one way to have fun with color mixing. This technique will also creates volume (full) on the cherry blossoms. Allow the child to have fun with mixing colors and working with the space on the paper. Add detail with markers.
Look at these masterpieces. How lovely are they??